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What are the different styles of hearing aids?

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There are three main styles:

  • Canal are for mild to moderate hearing loss: In-the-canal (ITC) fits your ear canal. A completely-in-canal (CIC) is smaller. They can be hard to adjust and remove. An invisible-in-canal (IIC) aid is harder to see. You can wear it months at a time.
  • In-the-ear (ITE) are for mild to severe hearing loss. A hard plastic case holds the electronics. It fits inside your outer ear. These aren't for children.
  • Behind-the-ear (BTE) works for any age or level of hearing loss. It sits in a hard plastic case. A plastic mold inside your outer ear directs sound to the ear. A Mini BTE fits entirely behind your ear with a narrow tube that goes into your ear canal.

From: Hearing Aid Basics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: "Hearing Aids."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids."

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Burying a Hearing Aid."

Audiology Online.

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on May 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: "Hearing Aids."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids."

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Burying a Hearing Aid."

Audiology Online.

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on May 10, 2017

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